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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Vehicles Disabled by Spikes During Drug Seizure

Release Date: 
September 9, 2011

Los Ebanos, Texas - Four U.S. Border Patrol vehicles were disabled with homemade spikes Thursday afternoon as agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station confiscated more than a 1,000 pounds of marijuana.

Homemade spikes used by smugglers.

Homemade spikes were used by smugglers to disable four U.S. Border Patrol vehicles during a marijuana seizure Thursday afternoon near Los Ebanos, Texas.

The event occurred when agents patrolling the area observed several people loading a pickup truck with bundles near the Rio Grande. Agents approached the truck as it was being driven away from the river, at which time the vehicle sped away and turned back south. In an attempt to avoid capture, several homemade spikes were thrown from the window of the truck, disabling four Border Patrol vehicles. The driver plunged the pickup into the river in an attempt to recover the bundles for a future smuggling attempt.

Marijuana bundles.

Despite smugglers disabling four U.S. Border Patrol vehicles, agents assigned to the Rio Grande City Station seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana Thursday afternoon.

The smugglers managed to escape to Mexico, but agents were able to seize more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana with an estimated value of nearly $900,000.

Recently, a new state law went into effect that outlaws the possession, manufacture, transportation, repair or sale of caltrops. The law further enhances punishment when caltrops are used for evading arrest. Anyone from the public is urged to call the Border Patrol's toll-free number or the Hidalgo County Crime Stoppers Hotline at (956) 668-TIPS. Callers will remain anonymous.

To report suspicious activity, call the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector's toll-free telephone number at (800) 863-9382.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017